Here I am again discovering
a new act that is rap but not just your average rap act. The Foriegn
Exchange is no ordinary rap act heck, even their coming together
as a group is out of the ordinary.
You see as legend has it,
the story goes like this. One fine day a couple of fellas were
conversing online in the OKPlayer.com chat room community.
These guys soon found out they shared a commom interest - rap
and music. They came up with an idea, let's make a record and
so the two started brainstorming ideas for tracks.
These two geezers for the
next year would trade tracks online judging each other's material
until a platform was set for what would be on the album. Now keep
in mind that these blokes have never met, never talked on the
phone none of that, they had the passion and that 'other stuff'
just wasn't important at that time.
of Little Brother fame (vocals)
and Nicolay (drums, bass,
keys, guitars and samples) now allies in a medium known to break
and create formed The Foriegn
Exchange not knowing that they literally worlds apart
from each other as Nicolay is based in the Netherlands and Phonte
in Raleigh, NC. They know that they have something good and was
ready to get it heard. They would ink a distribution deal with
BBE and the critics are loving what they are hearing.
The track on review here
today is Nic's Groove which
really embodies what their music is all about. The marriage of
the various musical cultures are evident with hop, R&B and
soul all well represented but what catches your listening ear
is the melody and the hook both equally captivating in their own
right. A solid bass and the introduction of soft morg keys drive
home the lyrics that get's your head nodding - a great track throughout
An excellent introdcution
to what in store for you on the debut set called 'Connected'
(available at BBE's
website for just £10). If you like to listen to some quality
rap tunes then this set is for you. I suggest you get a copy quick
- A TY-D Pick period.
Listen to The
Foriegn Exchange - 'Nic's